We wanted to create a way where we could read a few books, learn about many titles and have fun doing it! The tournament style reading of the Mighty Smackdown means that in the first round each participant reads two books, discusses both in a blog post, selecting one book to move on to the next round. Teachers are asked to commit to one round but most, if not all, continue on. We will read to the end when we will have only one book left standing!
Nellie Carlson Votes for "The War That Saved My Life"
Porcupine is simply unrealistic in every way.
The protagonist Carson knows he is in for a dull summer. His mother
gives the 16 year old the task of caring for his dying alcoholic father whom
Carson has essentially never met. (Does any adult really do this to their
son? Oh, and mom is also a therapist.) So, go from Manhatten to
Montana where Carson meets Aisha, a drop dead gorgeous African American teen,
for whom Carson immediately gets the hots (and the hards according to the
author... Sheesh). Too bad she is also a lesbian who has been shunned by
her ultra conservative religious father, and is couch surfing every night.
Now embark on a cross America road trip to find the secrets of Carson's
father's past, with $100, an old dilapidated Dodge Neon, and wisdom that always
seems to escape the more experienced and world wise adults of the planet in
this genre of YA literature. (Why do my YA students never display this
kind of innate acumen?) And on it
goes. As Kym Francis wrote: "My
dislike for Porcupine is matched only by my love of The War That Saved My
Kym goes on to describe her reaction to "The War That Saved My Life":
"I am planning to marry this book later this year. You are all
am sure my bias was heavily influenced by my childhood on the back of many an
obstinate pony (and I appreciated the accuracy of all equine details) but I
also fell in love with the story, the villains, and the heroes.
But I keep thinking about a grade 7 student I was talking books with. She's one
of those students that you fall into a discussion with and you feel like you
are speaking with a peer. She says the most profound things - most recently she
said, "You know those books where you fall in love with the characters
more than the plot?" I do!! And this is one of those books. I
I hope for a showdown between The War and Echo, but I am scared to see these
two beautiful stories fight. Can't they both win?"
"The War That Saved My Life" is the Nellie Carlson winner. No